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PBA tweaks play schedule for Gilas’ Fiba Asia campaign

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) revised anew its playdates in the ongoing Governors’ Cup in lieu of Gilas Pilipinas men’s basketball team’s participation in the Fiba Asia Cup. 

Three play schedules have been scrapped in the latest play dates released by the league on Wednesday, allowing it a week-long break while Gilas carries the national colors in the competition that will run from August 8 to 20 in Beirut, Lebanon.

There will be no scheduled games on August 9 and 11 as actions resume only on the 13, with Rain or Shine battling KIA in the curtain-raiser at 4:30 p.m., while NLEX faces Meralco in the 7 p.m. nightcap.

The league will not hold games again on August 15 as it swings back to its regular play date by the 18, when Meralco meets Phoenix in the first game at 4:15 p.m. and Blackwater takes on NLEX at 7 p.m.

“It’s the least we can do as far as schedules are concerned,” said PBA Communications and External Affairs head Willie Marcial. “The league continued to revise its schedule at least before the start of the Fiba Asia Cup.”

The August 20 games involving KIA and Globalport (4:30 p.m.) and Rain or Shine and TnT Katropa (6:45 p.m.) will go on as scheduled.

“In all, we’ll be missing a total of six games during the Fiba Asia. Talagang siksik na ‘yung schedule ng liga,” added Marcial.

Rain or Shine and Phoenix have two games each during that stretch, meaning the teams will miss the services of national team members Gabe Norwood and Raymund Almazan for the Elasto Painters and rookie Matthew Wright for the Fuel Masters.

Globalport, meanwhile, is not going to have Terrence Romeo for one game, so does Jayson Castro and Roger Pogoy for TnT, and rookie Ed Daquioag for Meralco.

Without a game during the Fiba Asia Cup stretch are defending champion Barangay Ginebra, Star, Alaska, and grand slam-seeking San Miguel Beer, all four teams having players included in the Gilas team bound for Lebanon. JESSE ONG

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